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22 February 2010

An Apology For Slavery Doesn't Mean Anything

Call this another case of missed priorities from the NAACP, and certain black members of the Georgia General Assembly.

They want the State of Georgia to apologize for slavery.

Despite several failed attempts to get Georgia to apologize for slavery, State Rep. Al Williams says is reviving the resolution this session because it is still a cause worth fighting for.

"We're going to continue to make the effort," Williams said. "It should have been done a long time ago. At some point, somebody has to step up."

Haines, Errin (2010-2-20). Lawmaker will resurrect slavery apology. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved on 2010-2-22.

Unemployment for blacks is nearly double that of whites. There is an achievement gap in education between whites and blacks, but the issue that state Representative Al Williams wants to hang his hat on is a meaningless apology for something that happened a long time ago.

Those aren't my words. Those are the words of Senate Democratic Leader Robert Brown.

"I don't see how an apology means anything," Brown said. "It doesn't change anything. I just think it's meaningless and it doesn't give anything to our community."

Blacks have some real, honest-to-God battles to fight out there, we don't have times for these cosmetic ones.